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FEATURE!!! About My Tiny Wardrobe - Written by Stylish Bump

Posted on October 25, 2015 by Amy Goller | 0 comments

New brand: My Tiny Wardrobe

By   Sunday, September 27, 2015 

With so many brands selling baby and children’s clothes, it can be hard to know where to shop and what to buy, so it’s a breath of fresh air to find a store that stocks original and gorgeous products, and empowers mothers along the way.

My Tiny Wardrobe is an Australian online store that supports other mums by collaborating with up-and-coming designers who are also raising children, or who love children’s fashion.

More than half of their stock is handmade by mothers working from home – how wonderful is that? Giving women who are creative and talented – and who also happen to be mothers – a platform to sell their creations is such a wonderful idea. Women empowering women. Mums empowering mums. I love it!

Owned and operated by mother of two (under 2!) Amy Iles, My Tiny Wardrobe stock beautiful and original babies and children’s designer clothing, blankets, accessories and sleepwear, from newborn to size 4.

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They have a great range of baby onesies, baby moccasins, tutus, beautiful soft cotton baby blankets and lots more, as well as my favourites – the cutest baby bloomers you’ve ever seen.

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Marnie in her Bloomers in Coconut Pink

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The gorgeous organic cotton blankets in a range of colours for baby boys and girls are so soft – perfect for the cot, as a travel blanket in the car or in the pram. They have even been spotted on the newborn twin daughters (Evie and Aria) of nutritionist and trainer Sophie Guidolin.blanket taupe

 

 

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Beautiful, soft cotton blankets for babies.

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Marnie loves her elephant organic cotton blanket

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The beautiful blankets on Sophie Guidolin’s twin girls

Of her new venture, Amy says: “My Tiny Wardrobe is here to clothe our bubs, inspire creativity, fuel imagination, hear from real mums through the blogs to come, resource our mums, and empower women to dream, and take action.”

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Owner Amy with her newborn daughter, Olivia.

Stylish Bump want to encourage this network of mothers working together to grow and empower small business by collaborating too. If you’re interested in working with My Tiny Wardrobe, contact Amy.

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Nutrition for Mums & Mums To Be

Posted on October 21, 2015 by Amy Goller | 0 comments

Being pregnant is a different experience for everyone. Some of us are racked with fear and worry, others find it a blissful journey. Sometimes we need to deal with trauma, work or relationship stress and bodily discomfort, whereas others have a comfortable, happy pregnancy. While everyone’s experience is different, our strategy to eating should be somewhat similar.

Special considerations aside, a healthy pregnancy will be enhanced by a balanced and nutritious diet. For anyone who has been pregnant, you will know this is not always an option! Personally, I am accustomed to eating a highly nutritious diet, rich in plant based foods and very low in artificial additives or sugars. Yet in my second pregnancy, I was revolted by most veggies, preferring melted cheese on toast, rice based dishes, pasta and breakfast cereal. I went off meat and couldn’t get enough sparkling water. I had a 6 week period where all I could think about was cake – these ‘needs’ felt out of my control! My body needed energy and craved these starchy foods, which I normally did not eat so many of. Don’t beat yourself up – listen to your body.

The best time to be healthy is in the time leading up to conception. Lay down good foundations, take care of your health through a diet rich in nutrients and a lifestyle rich in rest, physical activity and low in stress (easy right?) Take a good quality pre-natal vitamin (preferably a practitioner brand) and take care of yourself!

Once you fall pregnant, it is vital to continue these good quality nutrients in your diet as much as possible. Many of us don’t have cravings as such, perhaps simply aversions, or possibly nothing at all. Either way, if your Caramello Koala cravings are epic, try and pre-face them with a nice balanced meal – think whole grains, fresh fruit and vegetables, legumes, lean meats and lots of water. Your little one will thank you! It is normal to feel hungrier than usual, so try to accommodate this in your food preparation. This will help for you to stay on track and avoid too many excess goodies. 

A new mum, whether breastfeeding or not, still needs to take care of herself. Most likely you will be experiencing less sleep, more worry, heightened emotions and sometimes a strange feeling of displacement or mourning for your old life, along with the various heights of joy and happiness that come with snuggling your little one (mmm how good to babies smell?!). Whatever your situation, continue to consider your health. Take the time, wherever you can, to cater for fresh food options, rich in nutrients, similar to what you would consider pre-conception and during pregnancy. Pre-preparing meals and freezing them is great if you have found the time. Otherwise, take advantage of others offers to help and have friends help to fill your freezer. Take advantage of supermarket home delivery services and research some ‘one-pot’ recipes online. 

Healthful treats are a great inclusion in your diet at any time, but especially if you are experiencing sugar cravings. Try to make some homemade snacks to have on hand so you can reach for those rather than the sugary variety. Here is one of my favourite snack recipes - try it and you will love it and all the health benefits: 

Raw Chocolate Mousse

 Ingredients

* 1 medium sized ripe avocado
* 75g virgin coconut oil
* 1-2 tbsp rice malt syrup
* 1 vanilla pod, seeds only or dash of vanilla essence
* 50-100g raw cacao powder (depending how rich you like it!)
* Pinch of salt

* A little coconut water, if needed, for blending

Method
Place all ingredients into blender, food processor or Nutribullet and pulse to combine, wiping down sides if required.

Serve on its own or with fresh fruit or shredded coconut. 

Supporting women and other mum’s in their business and busy lives is a big part of what I do. As a mum of girls, sharing, supporting and empowering the journey of others is an important part of what we try and teach our children. Contributing to My Tiny Wardrobe is just one way to show support of all those mums working hard every day to look after their families.

Lucinda has been involved in the health and wellness arena for over 10 years. With a background in fitness and now as an accredited Nutritionist, she holds an Advanced Diploma of Nutritional Medicine, a Cert IV in Fitness, a Cert IV TAE and a Bachelor of Arts. Lucinda works with Nutrition clients from all backgrounds, is involved in course content writing, menu design, training and assessing and is also a regular contributor to women’s magazines.  

www.lucindazammit.com.au    @lucindazammitnutritionist  Email: lucinda@lucindazammit.com.au

 

Posted in antenatal, food, health, healthy lifestyle, healthy recipes, lucinda zammit, motherhood, nutrients, nutrition, nutritionist, postnatal, real parenting, wellness, wholefoods

Pro's & Cons of Travelling with Kids

Posted on October 14, 2015 by Amy Goller | 0 comments

Our little family has travelled a lot since the birth of our daughter, who we lovingly call "Cheese".
We have flown internationally with her since  she was only 3 months old, for necessity – from New York (where we were living at the time) back to Australia and Hawaii to see family, and to Canada to get our visas renewed.
If we hadn’t needed to travel so much we would have probably been too scared to do so, as Cheese was a really tough baby, toddler, and, let’s face it, a tough preschooler. Being forced to travel was actually great because it made us get out and experience the world and create wonderful memories instead of staying home and just keeping to local, easy experiences.
My biggest advice to families thinking of travelling with young kids is to just do it. It will be tiring, it will be tough, but it will be worth it. Still weighing it up? Here are what I think are a few pros and cons of travelling with little kids.
 

PROS:

You still get to travel
My husband and I love travelling passionately. It’s an integral part of who we are. We were determined that when we had a kid that our travel would resume as soon as possible. We didn’t expect parenthood to be as hard as it was, but we are getting on with the difficulties while still seeing the world. We don’t want to wait until Cheese grows up to see everything we want to see – we want to experience as much as we can while we are also still young and fit enough to enjoy it. As I write this, we are in Barcelona, about to head out for tapas lunch. Travelling with a little kid is obviously a lot different than pre-kid (goodbye lazy mornings and romantic nights fueled by sangria!) but it is still incredibly enjoyable. If it wasn’t, we wouldn’t do it. Adapt to the changes and travel is still wonderful, with kids of any age.

Your kid grows up a world citizen
Cheese is an American and Australian citizen. As well as significant travel in these two countries, she’s also been to Canada, Mexico, Spain and soon London. And she’s only 3. She already adapts to different cultures easily and speaks handfuls of Italian and Spanish. She understands what different languages mean and is able to confidently interact with people no matter what they look like or what language they speak. She is already a world citizen.

The memories are priceless
The years we spent in New York are among the best in my life. Each trip we have taken has been challenging, but has created memories that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Cheese at 1.5 yrs stroking a dolphin in Hawaii. At 2.5 yrs dashing down a beach in Mexico. At 3.5 yrs dancing in a rainbow inside the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.

Young kids are cheap
The younger your kid is, the cheaper it is to travel with them. Babies are free for everything, and kids up to a certain age get free transport/entry/hotel pull out beds. This trip to Barcelona, we’ve only had to pay for Cheese’s flight and food.

CONS:

It’s exhausting
I won’t lie, it’s really hard work travelling with a little kid. Jetlag is a killer – the first few mornings in Barcelona we were all up at 4am. Having a little kid means there is no such thing as a relaxing time either, it’s constantly go go go to keep them entertained.

You see and do less
Travel with a little kid means changing your expectations of what you’re going to see and do in any location. Less galleries and historical walking tours and more playgrounds and kid-friendly outings like castles.

All in all, it’s worth it to us to travel while Cheese is still young. We have such itchy feet that we can’t seem to live any other way.

Christine Knight is a Sydney-based writer. Her blog, Adventure, Baby!, is a guide to navigating the world and parenthood. Follow her travel, food and parenting mishaps over TwitterPinterestFacebook, and Instagram.

Posted in barcelona, business, cons, holiday, kids, oversees, parenting, pros, real parenting, travel, traveling, traveling with kids

Battlefield in the Bedroom - Kid's & Clothes

Posted on October 07, 2015 by Amy Goller | 0 comments

Guest Blogger Lauren Hunt 

Oh how I miss the days when I could buy gorgeous little matching outfits and dress my baby girl in whatever I wanted...but that was back before she had an opinion and learnt that she could protest certain items of clothing if she didn't want to wear them.

I remember it all changing around about the time she turned two - we were looking for a cute little birthday party outfit for her, and came home with a blue T-shirt (sequins on the shoulders I might add) and fluro pink shorts (from good old Target). 

For quite a few months after that, Miss M insisted on only wearing clothes she had worn before, she liked her old daggy, comfy pants and tops. Anything new was off limits - so I quickly learnt not to waste my money on expensive items but stick to cheapy stuff that didn't matter if she refused to wear it. Oh and tags MUST be cut off!

Next I tried letting her choose items at the shop to see if that would make a difference - because as all us mums know, the time when they need new clothes rolls around rather quickly. They've either been washed too many times and turn a dull grey colour, don't fit any more or are for the wrong season. I was lulled into a false sense of security spending up at Big W - but did she wear any of the things she chose? No!

 These days her issues seem to have evolved - that it isn't the clothing she has an issue with, but getting dressed full stop. We've tried everything; letting her choose, daddy doing it before he goes to work, breakfast first/after, and many more strategies. She procrastinates, she has to sort out her dolly, or get a specific toy, she'll try every avoidance tactic in the book. Some warm days she'll insist on wearing long sleeves, wont wear a jacket on cold days, and the other day she insisted on wearing her favourite seahorse PJ top to go out with her Namna... It can be very stressful on mornings when we have to be out the door for work and child care by 7:30!

 So my little girl isn't a fashionista, nor does she love dresses and tutus but that's ok. She'll evolve and find her own style I'm sure. I really had to make a conscious effort to let things go - and pick my battles. What really matters? Being clothed? Yes. Coordinating tops & pants? Not so much. Socks & shoes on a hot day? Not ideal but she'll learn to tell me if she gets hot.

In the mean time I'm having a baby boy in 3 months who I can start shopping for!! I've started collecting some cute bonds zippy's!

Can you relate to our story? And tactics that have worked for you?

 

Lauren Hunt

Mummy/teacher blogger from Adelaide, SA

Posted in Australia, Kids and Clothes, Lauren Hunt, Parenting Lessons

Mummy Muckups

Posted on September 30, 2015 by Amy Goller | 0 comments

This weeks featured writer on the My Tiny Wardrobe Blog!:

 

Twenty bucks used to get me a great night out. A few moselles and orange, a smoky pub, dingy lighting, sticky carpet and it was fabulous. I was one classy girl! We stood around faking mild interest in the sweaty band belting out ‘original’ tracks wearing grubby Jim Beam singlets. We strutted back and forth hoping to be spotted by the popular, boozed up senior footballers who were lounging oh so cooly at the back bar. 

Our all girl posse danced in circles, with the strobe lights darting across our purse pile in the centre.  We queued. We queued in flimsy tops and coastal gales just to get in. We queued for drinks at the bar, seemingly invisible alongside the fancy pants patrons who flashed their $50’s and got served faster. Ultimately, we queued for taxis at 3am, praying for the ‘vacant’ golden light to appear. We whooped with drunken joy when one did, only to hurl spiteful abuse in desperation when someone else snatched it from further down the road. Now believe me when I tell you, these were bloody fantastic nights! We would be back again the following week with our twenty bucks and 3 quick pre going out spumantes swishing courage through our system. (Obviously we should all drink responsibly, my friends, but we were young and free and silly...once upon a time...!)

Gradually this evolved into DINK (double income; no kids) nights with a partner. Now the pubs were a little classier, the ‘eat you cheat’ mentality was replaced by trying out fancy restaurants and their degustation menus (a word I still can’t pronounce and inevitably always sounds too close to ‘disgusting’ to me). We sipped over-priced wine and pretended we knew the difference. The music (if any) was quieter and we often took turns driving; sheer madness queuing for a taxi in the cold.

Before long, the now Husband and I graduated to dinner parties. The cramped uni dwellings had now given way to a house with a dining table. He experimented with different, exotic recipes, (I kept it real with a Vienetta) and we decanted red wine into engagement gift crystal. I centred cuttings of rosemary and lavender and we listened to strange rhythmic music from CDs bought on overseas travels. Friends chatted about the ‘ridiculous’ expectations of overtime, the location of the best farmer's markets and compared the latest smart phones.

And now? Now Saturday night has become 'family' night. This might begin with takeaway or an early dinner somewhere that welcomes kids...places that are open at 5pm and have high chairs are rare and precious. Places that serve hot chips, wipe up spilt drinks with a smile and have TVs on kids channels are to be cherished.

Then it is home again with kids buzzed up on their special treat of soft drink. A bubble bath is splashed in, whilst curtains are closed, lights are dimmed and some cheeky wine is poured. Warm, flannel PJ’s are pulled on lovingly and the couch is slid out like a bed and covered in pillows and doonas. It is now 'movie' night. Not some highly acclaimed arty farty cinema release like the old days, rather it is now some PIXAR classic; something that shrieks, “Awesome,” in a loud, American accent, with oversized cartoon heads, talking vehicles and crescendo pumping movie music. Not quite perfection yet, as Princess still has the attention span of Dory, but we’re getting close. The fantasy is that we can finish the movie, then carry them off to bed as they slip into a full night’s sleep, dreaming of talking snowmen or meatballs falling from the clouds.

Often it is still a juggle between Husband and I to settle them as we crave for some adult “down time” together; simply to break out the hidden chocolate, giggle about the quirky adult spin on the kids movie we just watched, or to google the latest holiday packages we won’t be going on any time soon. Sometimes, rather than queuing for a taxi at 3am, we find ourselves stroking flushed faces, measuring doses of paracetemol or ventolin and plotting our bed/sleeping strategies.

When? When did Saturday night ‘party’ night become...well...Saturday night ‘movie’ night? Strobe lights have been replaced by night lights, and that just doesn’t sound particularly exciting...but quite frankly... most of the time I would much rather be attending to a low grade fever than dancing in tight heels with blisters. And when you find a really good burger joint or fish 'n chipper, that often beats those prissy restaurants hands down. 

Give me a frozen Princess over foreign sub-titles any day! Hey; I am not in retirement just yet...you should see me rockin’ those 40th’s....and seriously, a date night every now and then is essential and ladies night is obligatory.  But for now it seems that giggles, snuggles and freshly baby powdered kids, wins hands down against the waste of a perfectly good Sunday nursing Maccas and a hangover.

Oh wow...

 

I’m gonna call it...

 

I think...I think I am a MUMMY!! 

  

For more of Anna’s giggles, please jump over to her blog at:
http://mummymuckups.blogspot.com.au/ 

Or like her page on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/mummymuckups?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

Twitter // @mummymuckups 

Posted in funny mum, giggles, Mummy muckups, real parenting

A Tribe of Water Loving Women: Surfing Mums

Posted on September 23, 2015 by Amy Goller | 0 comments

By Cath Sansom, Mornington Peninsula Surfing Mums
INSTAGRAM // @CathSansom & @SurfingMums

Nine women each with a baby on their back, a surfboard, wetsuit and a bucket of beach toys, trek along the sand dunes overlooking perfect waves. It is here that I feel at home, intrepid and alive.

Surfing Mums meet each week at the beach to surf, swim or go for a beach walk in peace, while the other mums mind their children. I started a Surfing Mums group on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria 8 years ago when my daughter was 6 months old. I had been to the Surfing Mums AGM in Byron Bay where it all started, and I was hooked. Over the years we’ve had Surfing Mums BBQs, playground sessions, ‘mums only’ surf safari’s to the West Coast of Victoria, and a snow trip where we all lodged together. 

Why do I love Surfing Mums? 

It’s where I found my tribe of water loving women. It keeps me sane. It’s where my daughter made her best friends; and its time out every week doing what I love most - being in the sea.

Surfing Mums pushes my boundaries in the comfort of a crew of cool women; in fact everyone I’ve ever met through Surfing Mums is Awesome.

As we trek back over the dunes, mums and kids are exhausted, stoked and happy. What better way than to spend a morning with friends, their children, the surf and the outdoors?!

 

Posted in Surfing, Surfing Mums, Water Tribe

All the places they'll go and Adventures they'll have! // Meet Amy!

Posted on September 16, 2015 by Amy Goller | 0 comments

Hello there gorgeous!

My name is Amy! I have recently become the proud mother of two little girls under two...Whilst in the middle of launching a small business known as “My Tiny Wardrobe”! I thought I'd use the last term of my pregnancy to prepare for the launch, however, my little Olivia came 8 weeks early!

This early celebration of welcoming my second daughter into the picture only highlighted my belief that you can still establish a successful, small business, while raising your children.

I won't sugar coat it and say it's been easy, but I wouldn't have it any other way.  My obstacles in launching this business did not stem from just having a premie baby, with her gorgeous big sister Chloe at my side (or tugging at my legs, trying to climb me for extra attention), but I have been fighting  a muscle disease over the last 13 years called Fibromyalgia. Instead of letting this painful disease define me, I have let the journey with it REFINE me.  I have grown into a strong woman with a passion for joy, adventure, laughter and fun.

My dream for My Tiny Wardrobe is to use the business to encourage other mums to work from home if they can, and provide them with a platform to sell their designs. We currently collaborate with women designers who are raising children in Australia, the United States, and the United Kingdom. It is a collection of working mummy designers, photographers, and suppliers, all woven together to empower women through small business.

Life is too short to not chase your dreams!   Yes, I am speaking to you, the one who is reading this blog.  In creating this brand, I stepped out of the corporate world to design a future for myself and my family, and other mums who would join this collection of creatives, all working from home! So you can still be with your children if that is your choice. 

          We design clothes for “All the places they'll go and adventures they'll have”.

I want babies to be snuggled up safe in my baby blankets and hold onto them as they grow up, knowing their mum and dad held them and tucked them in.

I want to see little ones running up and down Bronte Beach or at the top end, in swimming costumes created with indigenous prints by indigenous women.

I want to see boys (and girls) skating, wrestling, and laughing, in comfy, casual, yet edgy and unique clothes.  

I want little girls to feel like Princesses, but feel free to run in the mud and play in the rain at the same time. I'm not the type of mum who walks around with a little one with a mess free, pearly white outfit on.  Surprisingly, Chloe gets less messy at daycare when I pick her up than she does with me (I think she wears a smock all day... Wink wink).

My Tiny Wardrobe is here to clothe our bubs, inspire creativity, fuel imagination, hear from real mums through the blogs to come, resource our mums, and empower women to dream, and take action.

The majority of our products are made by mums, for mums, in Australia - with LOVE. Handmade. Local.

I am so excited to launch this blog on behalf of our team, and our Children's Clothing Line! 

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All my love,

Amy xx 

 

 

Posted in Adventures, business, Foundation, founder, Indigenous, Influential Women, launch, Meet Amy, My Tiny Wardrobe, Organic Cotton